11) Planning for the future
Concern for the wellbeing of all allows
each group or government to plan for the welfare of all in a way that
maximizes the use of existing resources without the desire to give to
the present all that exists and disregard what is to come. The self is
one not only with other lives in the present, but with all the lives of
future generations. For this reason, concerns about the environment and
care for the preservation of planetary resources is paramount in taking
care of the life of the planet and in taking care of the life of future
generations. There is no longer a disregard for the impact of the
behavior of oneself on the resources of a planet that is shared by all.
The planetary environment is safeguarded as the body is safeguarded. It
is the essential material form that allows life to continue and is
perceived as sacred.
With respect to planning for the future, the absence of
separation from all future generations is the basis for the conservation
of resources at all levels of planetary functioning. There is no longer a
need to pretend that resources are infinite in order to justify the
economic aggrandizement of a few - a pattern that was very prevalent in
the past. In the past, separation into the extremely wealthy and the very
poor gave rise to a willingness to ignore the very real needs of the
entire planet in order to maintain the stability of an unequal
distribution of wealth. With the awareness of unity with others, however,
comes the understanding that resources must be shared, not only in the
present but with the future as well. Clarity regarding the specific needs
of the moment is invested in those who are most capable of planning for
the distribution of resources in particular areas of energy, water,
atmosphere, etc., and such planning is joined in a cooperative way with
those who are in charge of industrial production of goods that may affect
the supply or purity of the existing resources. There is no longer
conflict about pollution or contamination of resources, since all are
committed to the abandonment of ways of operating that detract from the
health of the planet and from the wellbeing of the future.
Emotions that limit the willingness to plan for the future:
- Satisfaction with the status quo and a desire to
perpetuate the absence of change
- A willingness to usurp what does not belong to oneself
- The capacity for indifference to the needs of others,
brought about by separation from the heart and a misunderstanding of
what ‘mastery’ in life really means. Such a desire for 'mastery'
cannot take place in the absence of unity with others.
- The willingness to take without a sense of gratitude.
This is caused by lack of realization of the sacredness of what is
given. Its healing can only be achieved by a deepening sense of God's
- The absence of humility. Healing, too, in this area,
can only take place with a sufficiently deep experience of God's
Resolution within the capacity for humility:
To see oneself as part of a greater Whole
creates a new perception of one's role in life and the behavior needed
to support life, rather than detract from it. To perceive the self as
smaller in relation to something greater is the essence of humility.
Such 'smallness' does not mean that the self is inadequate,
insufficient, incomplete or not Divine in origin. It means that the self
is part of the fabric of Creation, not the whole of Creation, and that
the idea that the entire universe revolves around oneself in the sense
of maintaining a separate and private world, is replaced by the more
potent idea that the universe is interactive, and that each lifestream
makes a contribution to something that is vast, beautiful, and holy.
This occurs by being oneself in the fullest way while at the same time
being part of the vastness.
The problem, so prevalent in the past, caused by
holding a view that one's personal sphere was the entire world, was that
the striving for mastery over this personal world and for success within
it, because it was separated from the Whole, gave rise to a feeling of
identity that was unbalanced.
When mastery, that is, the desire to attain one's
self-chosen and self-created goals, is not joined with unity and
humility, then the inner core of the human being cannot find full
expression, no matter what success may be achieved on the outside.
‘Mastery’ - the desire to attain one's self-chosen goals, and 'humility'
- devoted service toward the needs of the greater Whole, are in an
essential and sacred partnership which the consciousness of unity brings
into awareness. This relationship must be preserved in its integrity in
order that the full flowering of soul-expression becomes possible and in
order that caretaking of the earth that goes beyond the special
interests of particular groups becomes a reality.